“Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
- Thomas Jefferson
In yesterday's post, I talked about action. But it's important not to lose yourself in a headlong dash to fill up your time.
This doesn't mean a delineation between the important and the urgent -- nowadays everything has the hue of urgency -- but doing things that truly matter. The trouble is that when you come to write out your list, you can see the gaps -- you're spending too much of your time on the wrong things -- but the trick is to engineer your day so that you do the hardest things first, and not constantly default to the manifesto of tomorrow (see The War of Art by Steven Pressfield).
I know what you're thinking -- "This is all so old school". And you're right; but the trouble is, despite our knowledge, it's far more likely that we'll be defined by our (deliberate) action than an acknowledgement of what we should be doing...but not doing.
In my case, I now find that if I can discipline myself to do the same thing, at the same time, every day, and I mean every day, it provides a way of demonstrating to my inner critic that no matter how inept it might consider me, I can break through by the simple process of...doing.
And let me know what you think.